Eastern Norway County Network is one of the founding members of the Scandria®Alliance. It was established in 1993 as a county network and is today a political cooperation body between four counties in the southeastern part of Norway: Oslo, Viken, Innlandet, and Vestfold og Telemark. The purpose of the cooperation is to contribute to the development of Eastern Norway as a sustainable and competitive region in Europe, with balanced development throughout the region.
The counties within Eastern Norway make up 30% of the Norwegian land area and, with a population of about 2.7 million, approximately half the population of Norway. Eastern Norway is the national center of gravity in terms of both population and commerce. During the last few decades, the population growth in this region has been slightly higher than the rest of the country. The growth has been particularly high in the Oslo metropolitan area, the dominating center of the region.
Eastern Norway and Oslo are an important hub for road, rail, air, and sea transport. Most of the urban settlements are located within the triangle between Lillehammer, Skien, and Halden. Due to the setup of the railway system in Eastern Norway, the area is referred to as the «InterCity Triangle». Over the last fifteen years the InterCity project has been the most important project for Eastern Norway County Network. The counties have been working together and have succeeded in harmonizing their positions towards the national government. Closely linked to the InterCity project are the three cross-border connections that ties Eastern Norway to the rest of Scandinavia and Europe.
From an international point of view, Eastern Norway is a small region, located on the outskirts of Europe. Although the region enjoys high levels of development, it has significant drawbacks when faced with the strong competition of global markets. Infrastructure development is key for the competitiveness of a region, and the infrastructure of Eastern Norway is not satisfactory, neither from a national nor a European perspective. The first of three important cross-border connections is the corridor from Oslo to Gothenburg and further to central Europe.
#RailTransport between #Oslo 🇳🇴 & #Gothenburg 🇸🇪 is currently not competitive. @AnnetteLRaakil @vikenfk explains why we need to push for new 🚉 solutions and how the #ScandriaAlliance can make a difference.
— Scandria®Alliance (@ScandriaAll) June 17, 2022